The United Arab Emirates have lost the second game of their five match series against Pakistan A at the ICC Academy in Dubai today.
Batting first after winning the toss, the home side soon found themselves in trouble as they struggled against the tourists' opening bowlers. They were 34-4 in the eighth over, and limped to just 46 when the fifth wicket fell in the 17th over. Slowly but surely though, they got themselves back into the game, though it wasn't until Mohammad Naveed came in at number nine that they gave their score a degree of respectability.
Naveed dominated a partnership of 56 for the eighth wicket with Krishna Karate, scoring 39 of the runs before Karate was out for 50. Naveed went on to score 56 from just 38 balls before he was out in the penultimate over. The UAE were bowled out for 194 in their final over. Ataullah was the pick of the bowlers with 4-40.
Pakistan A had a somewhat shaky start to their run chase, and were 47-4 in the fifteenth over. A big partnership for the sixth wicket between Babar Azam and Anwar Ali helped get them closer though, with the pair putting on 103 before Ali was out for 48.
Babar Azam finished the innings unbeaten on 80 as Pakistan A completed a four wicket win with nine balls to spare. The third match in the series will take place on Saturday.
There was happier news for the UAE today though as an announcement was made that they will be hosting Afghanistan for four ODIs in late November/early December.
United Arab Emirates lost to Pakistan A by 4 wickets
ICC Academy, 23 October
United Arab Emirates 194 (49.2 overs, Mohammad Naveed 56, K Karate 50, Ataullah 4-40)
Pakistan A 198-6 (48.3 overs, Babar Azam 80*, Anwar Ali 48)